Anatomy of a Modern Media Political Smear -If they didn’t continually use the same playbook (reference Trump’s pre-election manufactured sex assault accusers), these insufferable political media constructs would not be so transparent. There are trillions of dollars at stake. The framework for the latest narrative begins with a CNN report, constructed by a familiar set of characters (Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez and Carl Bernstein), all referencing a vague and intensely obtuse claim about Russians attempting to gain some form of opposition research leverage against President-elect Trump. (Photos) To establish the construct of their political narrative they must first
Thomas S. Foley, the House Speaker, and George J. Mitchell, the Senate Democratic leader, 1991:
"These allegations are both persistent and disturbing," the two leaders said in a joint statement. "We have no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, but the seriousness of the allegations, and the weight of circumstantial information, compel an effort to establish the facts."
The reported claim as outlined by Jack Tapper and crew, within the addendum, stems from a political opposition research file commissioned by Team Hillary Clinton and Team Never Trump in the run up to the election and reportedly executed by a British former intelligence agent.
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Obviously Russia hacked ZeroHedge and Vulcan Mind Melded Tyler Durden and George Washington into breaking all this just hours after CNN reported the fake news. John McCain hacked himself into colluding with Buzzfeed for the purposes of getting Trump arrested before the inauguration. Hey, McQueeg was just being a good citizen by giving the info he knew was false to the FBI, right?
In yet another example of why the Trump administration has such heartburn in dealing with the media, President Donald Trump met with a about sixty presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office on Monday, yet the media focused on Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway taking pictures of the meeting while positioned on an Oval Office couch. AFP posted only one photo from the meeting, focused on Conway, with the caption, “Kellyanne Conway checks her phone after taking a photo of President Donald Trump and leaders of black universities, colleges in Oval Office”. Kellyanne Conway checks her
In the tiny Arizona city of Douglas, a Border Patrol surveillance camera is trained on a 10-foot-high fence with Mexico. After a few seconds, footage shows a figure appearing out of nowhere and the fence suddenly opens to allow a pickup truck through. A car follows, and they speed off into adjoining neighborhoods while the makeshift gate slams shut. The Wild West still has a foothold here, more than 100 years after gunslingers Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday called Douglas home. Only the outlaws are cartels and traffickers. And while President Trump is vowing to step up enforcement and seal
New York Times Reporter Karen Crouse queried 56 PGA players at the Genesis Open last week in Los Angeles, finding a whopping 50 of those players (89.3%) would play golf with President Trump if invited. Despite the fact that South African legendary golfer Ernie Els and #3 golfer in the World Rory McIlroy were both trashed on social media for playing with the president, Crouse doesn’t find it surprising that Trump should have such a pull on tour professionals. She writes, “The results were hardly surprising. The clubhouses at PGA Tour stops have long trended Republican, and the sport’s target
The man responsible for handing Warren Beatty the incorrect envelope at Sunday night´s Oscar ceremony has been identified as Brian Cullinan, a 57-year-old father of three who has been a accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 32 years. This was only Cullinan´s fourth Oscar ceremony, and he was stationed at the stage right entrance used by Beatty and his Bonnie & Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway when they walked out to present the award for Best Picture at the ceremony. Instead of handing them that envelope however, Cullinan gave Beatty a duplicate envelope he was holding for Best Actress in a Leading Role,
Rosie O’Donnell is set to lead a rally in protest of Donald Trump in front of the White House Tuesday, just hours before the president delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress. “Following the first disastrous month of his administration, Trump is expected to articulate a discriminatory agenda that continues to put people in harm’s way, undermines equality and our shared values, and damages our environment,” the group Advocates Resisting Trump Agenda said in a statement announcing the rally. “The rally will feature speakers from diverse organizations and groups of people who have been impacted and harmed
President Trump is expected to weave anecdotes from dozens of listening sessions with industry leaders and American workers into his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. "A lot of what went into this came from the sit-downs and listening sessions that President Trump has done with healthcare industry leaders, law enforcement officials, union representatives and coal miners," a senior White House official told reporters Monday night in reference to the president´s upcoming speech. The official said Trump is still working with his team to put finishing touches on the major speech which will focus renewing
That is President Trump’s budget proposal in a nutshell. Trump’s plan will include a “whopping” $54 billion increase in defense spending, according to the Associated Press. That will take the defense budget a little more than half way to where it was when President Obama started cutting it in 2011. The president’s budget will “impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid,” meaning pretty significant cuts for most federal agencies. Hence the title of this post: more soldiers, fewer bureaucrats. The Democrats will hate it, of course. Chuck Schumer gets out the violins: A cut this steep almost certainly
The show is not over. When the Oscars ended on Sunday night with the biggest flub in recent memory, thanks to Warren Beatty mistakenly reading La La Land out as the winner of best picture, when, in fact, the prize went to Moonlight, the night ended with an uproar — and more questions than answers. That´s why just after midnight PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars, released an apologetic statement. "We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture," the statement read.
California Gov. Jerry Brown urged lawmakers to provide the funds needed to increase flood protection following the Orville dam fracture. Following heavy winter rains in the state, Brown said $437 million is needed for flood-related projects. During a press conference in Sacramento on Friday, he asked lawmakers in Washington to approve $387 million in water bond money, with the remaining $50 million coming from existing general fund money. "The recent storms have had a real impact," he said. "We´ve got dam spillways eroding. We´ve got roadways crumbling. We have aging infrastructure and it´s maxed out." The $387 million would be
Former President George W. Bush believes President Trump is off track by fighting the media and speaking out against Islam in speeches and in his executive immigration order. Bush didn´t directly criticize Trump in an NBC interview on Monday, but he used his own time in office to contrast with what how the current president is using the presidency. When asked about Trump´s spats with the media, Bush said he never considered the press the "enemy of the American people," as Trump said last week. "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," Bush said. "We need an independent
I do not write these words lightly, and there is not an ounce of mockery or, God forbid, hatred in my heart when I say that Caitlyn Jenner is a man wearing a dress. I am simply speaking the plain and obvious truth, as politically incorrect as that truth might be right now. But with transgender issues dominating the news these days, and in light of Tucker Carlson’s epic takedown of Democratic leader Zac Petkanas on national TV last week (specifically, discussing gender-related questions), it appears that now is as good a time as ever to state some things clearly. So
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin announced plans to bring an undocumented medical student as a guest to President Trump´s first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. Durbin is one of the most vocal defenders of Barack Obama´s executive action giving legal status to millions of children of illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for years. He said he is honored to bring Aaima Sayed, a third-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago, to Trump´s speech to Congress. The Illinois Democrat has been pressing Trump to exclude these children, known as Dreamers, from any efforts
Former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal, who lied about being black but still identifies as black, is now jobless, living on food stamps and expects to lose her home next month. “There’s no protected class for me,” the former NAACP branch president told The Guardian. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds.” Dolezal has applied for over 100 jobs, but has received no offers,
Oscar night is on us and perennial nominee Meryl Streep is back in the news again, whining. It wasn´t enough that she sang for her supper with a long-winded, cliche-filled diatribe against Donald Trump at the Golden Globes earlier this month, repeating every leftist canard, hitting every touchstone. Now she´s gotten into a fight over evening gowns with leading Parisian designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is well-known for having a politically conservative streak. It´s a he-said, she-said controversy. Last week, Lagerfeld accused Streep of being ´cheap´ for refusing to wear one of his gowns at the Oscars, on the grounds that she